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Thinking about changing your company car? Why waiting until 2020 could be a good idea

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

If you’re a contractor who is thinking of purchasing an environmentally friendly company car through your limited company, due to the car benefit changes, you may be better off waiting until 2020 to do it.   Tax on company cars Instead of using their personal car and reclaiming the mileage allowance relief, some contractors choose to purchase a car through [...]

How to improve cashflow in your contracting business

By |September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Finance, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

According to research 8 out of 10 businesses fail within their first two years of operating. The number one reason is poor cashflow. The company could be making huge sales, but if their overheads are equally large or if their customers aren’t paying their invoices on time, the company could easily find themselves in financial difficulty. If you’re an independent [...]

Freelancing from a coworking space – could it work for you?

By |August 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Contracting, Productivity, Social|Tags: , , , , |

The world of work is changing, and more and more people are choosing to become self-employed freelancers and contractors. IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and Self-Employed) states that the number of self-employed in the UK now equates to 4.8 million, with 42% (approximately 2 million) working as freelancers. In 2016, freelancers contributed a staggering £119 billion to the UK economy. [...]

Are there any benefits to retaining a limited company while working ‘inside’ IR35?

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Contractors are used to hearing that it’s best to avoid contracts which place them inside IR35. The main reason being that there’s a fair chance you’ll be deemed to be an employee and tax and NI will be deducted at source. From April 2020, the government is proposing to change the way the IR35 status is determined for contractors working [...]

Contracting abroad: Why professional advice is a must

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Contracting, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

If you’re offered the opportunity to contract abroad, it may be tempting to grab your passport and rush off to the airport. Not many people would blame you for doing this, as depending on the country you’re contracting in, you could have year-long sun, a chance to learn another language and expose yourself to new cultures and working practices. But, [...]

Surviving your first year as a contractor

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Right now, is a fantastic time to become a contractor, particularly if you work in the IT and tech sector. Contractors with specialist skills in data science, cybersecurity, frontend developers and change managers are especially in high demand. And, our research shows that contractors in the IT sector are amongst some of the highest paid contractors. If you feel you’ve [...]

Top tips for dealing with stress an IT contractor

By |August 5th, 2019|Categories: Contracting, Productivity, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

The IT sector can be a highly pressured environment, with clients demanding you get systems or projects up and running within the shortest time possible. This can lead you to working long hours to meet these tight deadlines. While you may be able to sustain this for a short time, in the long term it can lead to burnout. Research [...]

SG Accounting shortlisted for Best Contractor Accountant in the Contracting Awards 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

SG Accounting are delighted to be shortlisted for the inaugural Contracting Awards 2019 in the Best Contractor Accountant category. A high number of nominations were received and, after being judged by the Contracting Awards panel, SG Accounting has made the final 5. When will the winner of the Contracting Awards be announced? The winner will be revealed on the 6th [...]

Harnessing the power of client testimonials

By |July 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Contracting, Top Tips|Tags: , , , , |

As well as having a killer CV and dazzling references another way to get work as a contractor is having client testimonials on your website or social profiles.    A client testimonial is a mini case study which is provided by someone you’ve worked with and it discusses the benefits of your services. If you’ve never considered asking a client [...]

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